Becoming a Sustainable Salon.

Updated: Sep 30, 2021


When starting my own business being sustainable was a factor I wanted to be fully committed to. I began to do some research and was shocked at the negative impact the hair

and beauty industry has on the environment and how little was being done to improve this.

 

I find new ways every day in which I can become more sustainable, but here are some of the initial changes I have made to reduce the pressure on our planet.


Only using vegan & cruelty free products.


I refuse to work with unethical brands which is why all of the products I use are cruelty free and vegan.

After trying and testing multiple colour brands I really struggled to find one that I loved that was also vegan. After lots of research I found Paul Mitchell. They have a huge range of colours and are committed to a sustainable future. They are 100% vegan, cruelty free and do not trade to countries where animal testing is a legal requirement.

The other product lines I use Olaplex, Moroccan Oil and Malibu C which are also all cruelty free or vegan.



Reducing water my usage.

To cut down the amount of water I'm using I have invested in an Eco Head.

This is a type of shower filter specially made for salons that reduces water usage by 65%. It also filters out hard water minerals, doubles the water pressure and is completely recyclable.

Unfortunately they don't make these for regular showers, but if you like this idea there are many other shower filets on the market that will cut down your water usage.



Using Paper Not Foil.

Did you know that only 1% of salons in the UK recycle their aluminium foil! This really frightened me to find out since I have seen first hand how much foil is used every day. (2km of foil a month if you want to be exact!) All of this waste ends up in landfill where it takes 400 years to degrade.

Paper Not Foil can not only be recycled but can be washed and reused up to 3 times. It is made from industrial scraps and degrades leaving no toxic waste behind. The production process uses 96% less energy than that of regular foil and uses no water!



Using recyclable/biodegradable products.

So I recently found out that the nitrile gloves I had always used in salons take hundreds of years to degrade in landfill and aren't even recyclable!

Luckily I have found somewhere I can source biodegradable gloves which decompose in 24 months.

I have also made myself familiar with the packaging of all my products and how each of these can be reused or recycled. Fortunately this has been very easy since I am working with quite sustainable brands, most of them already have set guidelines for recycling.


Energy efficient technology.


To provide the best and most natural lighting in my salon I have two small LED panels that work perfectly. LED lights are proven to use 75% less energy than incandescent lighting and last 25 times longer. The specific lights I use are A+ energy class.

I have also tried to ensure the tools I am using are energy efficient. For example I have started using a Dyson hairdryer. Previously, I had always used the GHD air hairdryer, which gets very hot and uses up to 2100w. Not only is the Dyson dryer healthier for your hair, it only uses 1600w, and supposedly cuts drying time in half.


 

There are still so many ways in which I can improve the sustainability of my little salon and I aim to keep improving and making positive changes each time I find something new.

"Do the best you can, until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." - Maya Angelou.

 

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